Mining and industry

Find out about the local mining industry and how it has supported the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the local community.

Mining in Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Mining is the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s main industry and the largest employment sector in the Goldfields.

A 2003 report by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy estimated that the Western Australian mining industry was worth more than $30 billion, and the Eastern Goldfields contributed a major portion of that wealth.

The strength and diversity of the mining industry has sustained our local economy, even through economic downturn.

Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM), which manage the famous Super Pit operation for Newmont Australia and Barrick Gold Australia, is a major player in the local mining industry. They are also known for supporting the local community.

Other significant players in the local mining industry include:

  •  Barrick Gold Australia
  •  Gold Fields Australia
  •  BHP Billiton—operates a local nickel smelter that is third largest in the world.

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy represents the mining industry locally. They have an office on Egan Street in Kalgoorlie.

The Eastern Regional Council of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy provides representation at the national level. It has considerable influence, as most major mining companies are members.

Employment in the mining industry

Approximately 5,800 people are directly employed in the Goldfields mining industry, ranging from relatively unskilled labouring jobs through to senior management and executive positions.

Mechanical trades’ people, including fitters, electrical trades’ people and machinery operators are always in high demand.

Jobs in the mining industry are advertised weekly at both local and national levels.

There are several mining-related employment agencies operating in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. These agencies also provide training for people seeking employment in the mining industry.

The mining industry also creates many more jobs in other areas such as retailing, services and hospitality.